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Anne Blonstein

Sad news indeed. Via Ron Silliman’s blog I learned just now that Anne Blonstein has died of cancer.

This is one of the unforeseen consequences of editing—corresponding with and reading the work of an author only to learn at odd moments and through circuitous routes of their passing. I can only list a few pleasant letters and emails by way of acquaintance, and point new readers in the direction of the psalm published in CLR3, by way of introduction to her work.

When I received the poem, unasked for but welcome in March 2010, it seemed to fit perfectly with what we were trying to do with the translation issue. Its hesitancy and the obvious & calm political agenda are striking; it does the work of self-commentary—”(it enshrouds      fragile effort)”—while also aiming for a kind of inculpation, the two words that escape the poem at the outer margin and last line standing for a community and, ultimately, encircling against the stilled language of the cut-up newsreport: “our // you”.


Excellent lineup once again from the Cambridge Reading Series. 7pm in the English Faculty, 6 May 2011.

Death of a Printer

A sad day for anyone who’s noticed that the CLR is rather neatly put together: Thanet Press, who undertook said putting together, has gone belly up. Credit crunched in Margate. Not only the end of our affair, but also the end of one of the great publishers—Thanet is a decendent of Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd., founded in 1770.

The timing isn’t great. CLR5 is supposed to be on the way, and finding a printer who will print black pages with white text isn’t going to be easy. (Yes, those end-papers are inked.) Let alone all the other stuff that has to be in place for the CLR to be such a pleasing object. But we’ll try.

And, well, the timing could have been worse. At least we (editors Lydia Wilson & Boris Jardine) got to go to Margate, ostensibly to supervise the printing of the rather complex cover for issue 4, but in reality to see the extraordinary print operation that was Thanet. Unfortunately, because they printed exam papers, I could only sneak one photograph inside the place. But it was fun—fire breathing print machines in a labyrinth of knocked-through factory buildings, stuck somewhere in the tertiary Morse era, with great stacks of CLR parts ready for assembly. Eternal thanks to everyone involved, especially Chris Law, CLR midwife extraordinaire:

Aluminium plates for the cover of CLR4

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